Rich reds of Brownsea walk

Walking trail

This short walk will offer rich autumnal colour, sweeping views across the harbour, a sheltered spot by lily pond and back to the open grassland of Church Field where you can head back to the Cafe for a warming cuppa. Please note the Visitor Centre toilets are currently closed but quayside toilets are open.

Please book ahead before visiting

Brownsea Island is open and you need to book tickets before you visit. Members can book for free, while non-members will need to pay when booking. We'll be releasing tickets every Friday. Please note we’ll be turning people away who arrive and haven't booked. We're looking forward to welcoming you back.

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Take in the rich reds of autumn amongst the habitats and wildlife.


Start: SZ022876 Church field


1. Start the walk from the path running next to Church Field, turning left as your reach the church and walking towards the visitor centre.

Start at Church Field


2. As you walk past the visitor centre and cart shed, the path will lead up the hill to Daffodil Field.

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Rich reds of Brownsea


3. As you walk straight across the corner of Daffodil Field you will pick up the main path leading off to the right. From here you can take the left hand forks, each leading to one of three view points. Emerging from the final view point you will then turn left to re-join the main path and emerge at a junction.

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Viewpoints on Brownsea


4. At the junction you will walk straight ahead, following the sign to the Lily Pond. Stop here to look for red squirrels. Follow this path all the way to the end, until you reach a junction.

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The Lily pond


5. At the junction, turn right and walk past the ruins of the vinery. This path will take you all the way back to Church Field, where you started the walk.

Sweet chestnut tree on Brownsea Island, Dorset


End: SZ022876 Church field

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Rich reds of Brownsea walk


Gentle terrain, though the paths are uneven in some places. Trail leaflets for other walks are available at the National Trust shop. No dogs.

Rich reds of Brownsea walk

Contact us

Poole Harbour, Poole, Dorset, BH13 7EE Contact 01202 707744

Rich reds of Brownsea walk

How to get here

Start the walk from the path running next to Church
By train

Trains to Poole or Bournemouth

By road

Poole Quay and Sandbanks are clearly signposted on roads approaching Poole. Shell Bay National Trust car park and non-National Trust car parks in Poole and Sandbanks

By foot

Poole Quay is a 0.5 mile (0.8km) walk through Poole town centre from Poolestation. Shell Bay marks the eastern end of the South West Coast Path

By ferry

from Poole Quay and Sandbanks (every 30 minutes); also from Bournemouth and Swanage. A chain ferry travels from Shell Bay, Studland to Sandbanks every 20 minutes

By bus

Poole station to Poole Quay and Sandbanks, also Christchurch Quay to Sandbanks (June to September) By car: Poole Qu

By bicycle

signed on-road cycle routes to Shell Bay and to Poole Quay from Poole

Rich reds of Brownsea walk

Facilities and access

  • Enjoy stunning views and delicious food in the Villano Café Browse in our shop for Brownsea Island gifts Take home a Scouts and Guides souvenir from the Trading Post Toilets located at Visitor Reception, the Visitor Centre at the Baden-Powell Outdoor Centre http://